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Buja in Congo, Democratic Republic of

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
627,000 Budza Christianity 96.00 % 25.00 % No No   

Buja in Congo, Democratic Republic of

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Introduction / History
Deep in the forests of the western DRC, swamps and ponds teem with life. Here, the Budja people make their homes, planting small gardens with staples of yams and plantain to supplement their diet of abundant fish. Although local roads are sparse and largely impassable, the Congo River provides transport to markets. Some men travel by river to urban areas in search of more lucrative employment.

Life is simple, but not easy, among the Budja people. Underlying other religious professions, traditional beliefs assume that both good and bad events have spiritual causes addressed through appropriate prayers, sacrifices or ceremonial rituals.

As a matrilineal culture, Budja inheritance passes through the mother, and the matriarch is considered head of the family or clan. Traditional chiefs also play an important and highly respected role in Budja communities.

Budja families construct their homes of local materials and usually roof them with leaves or woven palm shingles. Besides fishing and gardening, to supplement both their diet and their income they gather forest products: wild game, snails, caterpillars, firewood, rattan vines, palm wine, palm nuts and palm oil.

Believers will have access to MP3 audio Scripture to share with neighbors and friends. The team expects pastors to use the translated Scripture for teaching and preaching. They also hope choirs will create songs from the translations, publicizing God's Word and memorizing and broadcasting it through music.

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Country: Congo, Democratic Republic of
Continent: Africa
Region: Africa, West and Central
10/40 Window: No
Location in Country:Equateur province: Mongala, Bumba, and parts of Bongandanga territories; northwest Orientale province.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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Linguistic Map:Ethnologue language map
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People Name in Country: Buja
People Name General: Buja
Alternate People Names:
North BujaSouth Buja
ROP3 Code: 101710
Joshua Project People ID: 10990
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 627,000
Population all Countries: 627,000
Least-Reached: No
Affinity Bloc: Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster: Bantu, Central-Congo
People Name General: Buja
Ethnic Code: NAB57h
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Budza
Language Code (ISO): bja    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Lingala (Unknown)
Total Languages: 2
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Sub-division:Roman Catholic
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity96.00 %(Evangelical: 25.00 %)
Ethnic Religions4.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent15.00 %
Protestant30.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian5.00 %
Roman Catholic50.00 %
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
Progress Indicators [5]
Progress Scale[6]   Evangelicals have a significant presence.
Least-Reached: No
GSEC Status:Level 4   Greater than or equal to 2% Evangelical
Bible Translation Status
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New Testament: None Reported
Complete Bible: None Reported
Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching (GRN)
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Buja in Congo, Democratic Republic of

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      Buja Congo, Democratic Republic of    
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